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>> pelley: tonight, a czar is born. the president names a little-known former aide with no health care background to landlord the response to ebola. and the first nurse to catch ebola in dallas begins treatment at a federal hospital in maryland. >> we fully intend to have this patient walk out of this hospital. >> pelley: reports from major garrett, manuel bojorquez, and juliana goldman. gonzalo pounds bermuda, the biggest hurricane to hit the tiny island in more than a decade. holly williams in iraq has the latest on reports that isis is trying to build an air force. and "on the road." >> i didn't want to do anything. i would just sit around. >> pelley: then, steve hartman reports, she found a cure for the blues. >> i recommend it to anybody.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. president obama is calling in a specialist to deal with ebola, but ron klain is not a medical doctor. he's a doctor of law, and his specialty is not diseases. the white house says it's management, as chief of staff to the vice president in 2009, he helped run the economic stimulus program. the president named klain today to run the federal ebola response. we have a series of reports on ebola tonight, beginning with major garrett. at the white house. >> what we were looking for is not an ebola expert, but rather an implementation expert. >> reporter: ron klain's appointment was so abrupt, he doesn't have white house security clearance yet and no official start date, but some time next week he will become an important behind-the-scenes, trouble-shooting voice to calm an administration criticized for
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an uneven response to the ebola crisis. klain will brief the president daily and coordinate numerous bureaucracies dealing with ebola here and in west africa. klain was chief of staff for vice presidents biden and gore and was gore's top lawyer in the 2000 presidential recount showdown with george w. bush. actor kevin spacey played klain in the hbo movie "recount." an open admission the official ebola response so far as fallen short. republican congressman tim murphy, who led this ebola oversight hearing thursday with top medical experts said in a statement today: klain cannot overrule cabinet secretaries and is subordinate to numerous white house officials, but, scott, those closest to the president tell us klain will have all the clout he
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needs because he's coming in to solve a problem as big and potentially damaging to this white house as the botched roll out of obamacare web site. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house tonight. major, thank you. the first person to catch ebola in this country, a dallas nurse, is being treated tonight at a national institutes of clinic in suburban washington. manuel bojorquemanuel bojorquezs transferred last night. >> reporter: this video released by texas health presbyterian, shows nina pham saying good-bye and wiping away tears before being transferred from the hospital. anthony fauci of the nih, said pham is in fair condition. >> she's getting optimum intensive care, if needed, therapy, but it's also being done with the optimal protection of our health care workers. >> reporter: from the beginning, the failure to protect pham and another dallas nurse, amber vinson, has alarmed health officials. c.d.c. director tom frieden initially said-- >> at some point there was a breach in protocol, and that
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breach in protocol resulted in this infection. >> reporter: texas hospital executive daniel varga defended his staff in video testimony before a congressional hearing yesterday. >> we know that there are both extremely skilled nurses and we're using full protective measures under the c.d.c. protocols so we don't yet know precisely how or when they were infected. >> reporter: the hospital has claimed it followed c.d.c. instruction from the start. when the nurses' protective gear left skin on their neck exposed the hospital said the c.d.c. recommended pinching and taping the neck. the c.d.c. changed that, recommending suits that covered the neck. the hospital also did not have a buddy system to put on and take off the gear. ed it the c.d.c. told the hospital a site manager should also be president. texas governor rick perry: >> we must admit along the way we have seen ample opportunity for improvement, from the c.d.c.
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all the way to the hospital. >> reporter: scott, today, the state's infectious disease task force recommended setting up ebola treatment centers in texas with specialized equipment and trained health care workers. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez, covering forinous dallas, manuel, thank you. a crews ship is headed back to galveston, texas, after mexico refused to allow it to stop in cozumel. one of the passengers aboard the carnival "magic" is a health care worker who handled a lab specimen from ebola victim thomas eric duncan 19 days ago. health officials say the woman has no symptoms and poses no risk, but she is quarantined on the ship. our chief medical correspondent dr. jon lapook is joining us right now from washington. and, jon, i spoke to some hospital administrators today who said that if they had a critically ill ebola patient, they might withhold heroic life-saving measures in order to protect their own staff. >> reporter: right. well, remember, mr. duncan got a
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full court press in dallas where at the end he had dialysis. he had a breathing tube inserted. and these are procedure where's there's ample opportunity for infection of health care workers. so biomedical ethicists are now thinking what price glory? how much do you do? do you do dialysis? they're having discussions with do not resuscitate and end-of-life issues. >> pelley: you told me earlier today you have some concern about the quality and quantity of information coming out of the dallas hospital. >> reporter: right. un, everybody makes mistakes and certainly mistakes are happened here but there's a tradition in medicine when mistakes are made in hospitals there's a conference that's held. no finger pointing allowed is and everybody says exactly what went wrong so people can avoid doing the same mistakes in the future. now, i don't see that kind of utter transparency here. i am a physician. i have not received nitty-gritty details about what happened with specific patients, those who did well and those who haven't done well, and i think we need to see that in the future. we need to address patient
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privacy issues, perhaps. but here's the. line-- unless there's utter transparency, doctors around the world are not going to be able to know how best to diagnose and treat ebola. >> pelley: dr. jon lapook in washington tonight, jon, thanks. ebola was discovered in the 1970s, so we were wonder yg is there no vaccine? juliana goldman has been looking into this. >> reporter: the national institutes of health began working on an ebola vaccine after 9/11 when bioweapons were a big concern. but getting from test tubes to humans is expensive and complicated, especially for an exotic disease that until now was popping up in small numbers and contained to another continent. why don't we have an ebola vaccine now? >> up until the outbreak of ebola in west africa, it was not a very high priority. >> reporter: dr. myron levin is an infectious disease specialist at the university of maryland school of medicine. he's been working on vaccines, including one for ebola, for 44
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years. >> with limited resources to test vaccines, et cetera, one always has to pick and choose what are the highest priorities. >> reporter: and when stacked against everyday threats like cancer and the flu, there wasn't a financial incentive for pharmaceutical companies to put money into ebola research. dr. anthony fauci is the head of infectious diseases at n.i.h. >> you have a company that says, "let's see, maybe i can make a pill that everybody takes every day, whatever it is-- a lipid-lowering agent, another kind of viagra, what have you-- they put a lot of money in to get that product. that wasn't the case with ebola. >> reporter: so the bulk of the research was left to government funding. earlier this week, n.i.h. director francis collins said, "we'd likely have a vaccine already if not for a decade of budget cuts." since 2003 the n.i.h. budget has roughly stayed the same, around $29 billion but it has not kept pace with inflation so in real dollars it's actually decreased 21%. >> there are constraint on
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resources, and when you have constraints on resources you can't pull in your optimal effort. >> reporter: one potential vaccine was developed here at n.h., with a pharmaceutical company glaxo-smith-kline. human trials began last month. but, scott, even they're successful, the head of research at the company says a vaccine wouldn't be ready until 2016. >> pelley: juliana, thanks very much. another big story tonight-- bermuda is in the crosshairs of hurricane gonzalo. it is a powerful category 3. from space, it almost looks beautiful but on the ground, it's going to be an ugly picture. eric fisher, our chief meteorologist at our cbs boston station wbz is following this for us. eric. >> reporter: scott, the worst of hurricane gonzalo is impacting bermuda right now. northern eye wall is moving across the island, a category 3 storm, sustained winds at 115 miles per hour, but wind have been gusting over 120 miles per hour so far this evening. you see the circulation.
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the eye wall just starting to move in across the island, and waves up to 30 feet have been crashing ashore. those winds as well have knocked out power to more than half of the customers on bermuda so far this evening. so a destructive storm. it will be gone by the morning. we'll have time to clean up the damage and take a look at what gonzalo has left behind. but, scott, a very rare storm fair very small island nation. >> pelley: eric fisher of wbz, eric, thank you very much. and then there is hurricane ana, which is threatening hawaii tonight. has winds as high as 75 miles an hour. right now the eye is about 230 miles south of helio. ana won't make a direct lit on the islands but it will drench them with rain. there are concerns tonight about a new threat from the islamic terrorist group known as isis. a london-based human rights group says the the militants now want to be a force in the air. it claims the isis fighters are being trained to fly at two captured syrian airbases.
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holly williams is in the northern iraqi city of erbil tonight.' and, holly, how credible are these reports? >> reporter: well, scott, isis has captured syrian military airbases and military aircraft. that's certain. but this new report comes from a syrian human rights group, and it quotes anonymous eyewitnesses who say that they saw warplanes taking off from military airports that had been seized by isis, and that clearly suggests that isis has actually learned to fly the aircraft that it's captured. but we cannot independently verify this report, and the u.s. central command, which operates surveillance drones over syria, says it is not aware of any isis flight operations. >> pelley: some isis fighters come from the syrian and iraqi army as well. how sophisticated are the weapons that isis now possesses? >> reporter: well, scott, isis has captured armored personnel
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carriers and artillery from the iraqi military. a lot of that was originally supplied by the u.s. and then this month, isis released pictures, apparently showing some of its fighters using man pads, or shoulder-mounted surface-to-air missiles that can shoot down airplanes but flying an aircraft would be a whole new level of sophistication. >> pelley: holly williams reporting for us from northern iraq. holly, thank you very much. a man has been released from prison after serving more than a quarter of a century for a crime he did not commit. and stephen king enlist inside a battle over e-books when the cbs evening news continues.
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sounds. it sounds great. >> reporter: it's music to your ears. >> it's very much so. >> reporter: in 1986, mccallum and another teen, willy stukey, were sentenced to 25 years to life for the kidnapping and murder of a 20-year-old man. >> and then what happened after that? >> reporter: the only evidence linking them to the crime was their videotaped confessions which the boys claimed were fed to them by police. >> i falsely confessed to a time that i didn't commit because i thought at that time my life was in danger. >> reporter: for nearly 30 years mccallum insisted he was innocent. on wednesday, a judge agree ited. his friend, willy stukey, died in prison in 2001. >> not having stuckey walk out the courtroom with me was clearly a bittersweet moment. >> reporter: brooklyn district attorney ken thompson supported the re-releas. >> we concluded there were no physical evidence, no d.n.a.
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>> pelley: thousands of authors are caught in the middle of a battle between their publisher and amazon, which wants to hold down the price of the e-books it sells. the question tonight is whether the authors' pens are mightier than the sword that amwhereon swron is hanging over their heads. here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: deep in the woods of round pond maine, bestselling author doug preston is carefully crafting his latest work. >> well, it's very stressful. i mean, i'd much rather be writing a book. >> reporter: but instead of
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his next thriller, he's writing a letter to the biggest book seller on the planet, amazon. >> there's no place in a civilized society that one of the world's largest corporations attacks a group of authors who have nothing to do with this dispute and harms their livelihoods. >> reporter: the dispute is between amazon and preston's publisher, hachette, over the price of ebooks. amazon is targeting their stable of 3,000 authors, delaying delivery of their books, if not making them completely unavailable. are you thinking about this dispute now all the time? preston says his sales on amazon are down 50% to 90%. >> all that we are asking amazon is, look, you and hachette continue your negotiations, but, please don't drag intows it. >> reporter: nearly 1100 authors have signed his letter asking amazon to keep the authors out of the fight while the dispute is settled. some of the biggest names in the
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literary world have joined him. >> don't use us as bargaining chips. >> reporter: like stephen king. you're not a hachette. >> i'm not. >> reporter: so why stick your head out? >> because fair is fair. >> simon & schuster, owned by cbs, is not involved in this battle but king says he can afford to speak out while most of the authors targeted by amazon cannot. >> for amazon to strangle the royalties that hachette writers do get, it may not be illegal but it's not moral. >moral. >> reporter: preston is sticking with his publisher. >> amazon is really treating books as if they're toasters or widescreen television set, but they're not. >> reporter: a business that is centuries old is confronting a new and very modern problem. jim axelrod, cbs news, round pond, maine.
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>> pelley: many singers have told us that two hearts are better than one. steve hartman will prove it on the road is next.
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>> >> pelley: finally tonight, doctors can give you a new heart, but who puts the love in? turns out it's already there. waiting to be discovered. here's steve hartman "on the road." >> reporter: in rochester, new york, at the university of rochester strong memorial hospital, two heart transplant patients are shedding new life on the healing process. after they got their new hearts, 68-year-old esther fitz-randolph, and 68-year-old danny pszczolkowski both suffered from complicates and depression. they'd all but given up. >> oh! i-- i didn't want to do anything. i would just sit around. >> i kind of refused the >> reporter: but a few monthses. ago, simultaneously, both these patients started really improving. >> sounds great. >> reporter: cardiologist dr. leway chen and the rest of the staff here were pleasantly confounded. >> we talked and said yeah,
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she's doing better now. i wonder why. and, yeah, he's been more active and involved in his care. i wonder why. >> reporter: you knew why you were getting better? >> yes. >> reporter: you were on something. >> yes. >> reporter: the same thing she was on. >> i wanted to do more things. i wanted to walk. i wanted to ride a bike. >> reporter: so what was this miracle drug? what had they found that so dramatically accelerated their recoveries? just each other. after their surgeries, danny and esther kept rupping into each other at follow-up appointments, and although she was twiced divorced and not looking for another man, and he was a committed lifelong bachelor they started dating and healing. >> when your mind is in a better place and your heart, then you're going to heal better. >> reporter: dr. chen says that's true. you know, we're not talking about science anymore. >> not science that we can put our finger on. >> reporter: he says there have been plenty of studies linking love and support to
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health and heart. this is just further proof. and as for the happy couple, they're now enjoying life on carefree lane. seriously, they moved in together on carefree lane. the lifelong bachelor now has flowered coffee mug >> this is even worse. >> reporter: living with a woman will clearly take some getting used to. >> honey, it's worse, it's not worst. >> reporter: but, of course, ever medicine has their side effect and they say it's well worth it. >> i recommend it to everybody. >> reporter: to survive danny and esther both need new hearts but to truly live they needed sweethearts, too. steve hartman, "on the road," in rochester, new york. >> pelley: here's hoping you're carefree. that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night.
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wusa9 presents campaign 2014, the final d.c. mayoral debate with moderator bruce johnson. >> good evening, everybody, and welcome to the historic ant coast i can't -- anacostia high school in southeast washington. we are here for the debate of the d.c. mayoral campaign. while a lot of you have already decided who you are going to vote for, you know there are a lot of undecided people, they are in the audience, they are watching this on the web and going to be watching the broadcast. let's respect them, let's respect the candidates. now, opening statements also decided by lot. going first will be the democrat's nominee for mayor, muriel bowser. one minute for opening statements. >> thank you, bruce and good
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evening, everybody. i am muriel bowser and i am running for mayor of my hometown. i am very proud of the progress that we have made together in this city but i'm also concerned that not everybody in our city is enjoying that progress. that's why as council member i fought for common sense solutions that help everyday families all across the district of columbia. light kids ride free on metro bus which has allowed thousands of families to get to school. before kids ride free families in ward 8 were paying $30 per month per child just to get to school. the school in their neighborhood had been closed one year, other school will be closed the next. families have been able to keep money in their pockets and get their kids to quality schools. i fought for saving d.c. homes from foreclosure to keep families in their homes and i'm going to keep fighting for all coght wards in the district of


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